SANTA ANA — An allegedly intoxicated driver who hit and seriously injured a Newport Harbor High School student was charged Thursday with felony driving under the influence with an enhancement for causing brain injury and paralysis.
Marnie J. Lippincott, 38, of Costa Mesa was also charged with a misdemeanor count of driving with a suspended license. Her arraignment in Orange County Superior Court was delayed Thursday until later this month.
Prosecutors said Lippincott was under the influence of drugs and alcohol Tuesday afternoon when her black Chevy Tahoe hit Crystal Morales, 17, as she crossed Margaret Drive in a crosswalk near of the school, which had just let out for the day.
Morales suffered serious internal and head injuries. She remained in a medically induced coma Thursday in intensive care in Western Medical Center in Santa Ana.
Lippincott, who stayed at the scene after the crash, was arrested after failing a field sobriety test given by police, prosecutors said.